Ties That Bind
|Ties That Bind
by Phillip Margolin (Liberia 196567)
Audio Cassette version:
|Reviewed by W. Tucker Clark (Nepal 196770)|
WHAT A CASE OF EERIE SERENDIPITY! I had been feeding a strong appetite for listening to car books and had just started Ties That Bind when I received it to review. I embarked on an experiment to both listen and read the legal mystery thriller a genre I like and possibly see what influences from the Peace Corps experience might have affected this highly successful author. I figured he might give us Peace Corps aspiring writers some hints to his success!
First I think it is so great that we have such successful writers in the Peace Corps alumni ranks. Margolin says that he is self-taught in the how-tos of this difficult genre. 25 years as a criminal defense attorney in Oregon, appearing before the Supreme Court, and arguing some 30 homicide and death penalty cases helped, I imagine. In 1996 even though he claims to have still really liked his legal day job, he took up writing full-time.
I tried to see if he had anything cooking related to his Liberian Peace Corps experience, so I asked him on the bulletin board at his interactive website www.phillipmargolin.com, and he replied that he was horrified by the atrocities in places he well knew, and hadnt come up with anything, except that his daughter was a PCV now!
Meanwhile I also wanted to see if he was effective in both print and audio. We are hit on television, in movies, and in books and magazines with so many legal-based, sometimes formulaic stories; all the Law & Order-like television series, John Grisham, Dominic Dunnes real-life studies, Court TV and even the Television Judges have made of all of us discerning, hard-to-please, bloodthirsty and meaning-hungry legal literati! Fortunately you can turn off or put down a lot of this genre early because unlike Margolins a sorry, badly written, nonsensical drama is an easy spot .
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Tucker Clark is a consultant /writer with Masters Degrees in Psychology & Social Work with too many formers in his Vitae, involving media projects (MTV/VH-1 Pro-Social Programming Director), two decades of involvement in clinic management and psychiatric training, substance abuse counseling, drug education publishing and corporate trainings and outplacement seminars, famine relief training in Ethiopia in 1985;E-Commerce and internet marketing, bookseller, fiction writer. Now to help maintain his Westport, CT lifestyle, he network markets at the Director level the PrePaidLegal Services product, offering the best legal representation as monthly insurance through this nationwide 30 year old NYSE-traded company.